Registered players in the following divisions (scroll down) will notice some significant changes for the 2017 season as a result of a few motions passed at the 2016 GELC and ALA Annual General Meetings.
The GELC has clearly defined geographic zones to ensure that 'B' level lacrosse is being played by all clubs while improving the competition in the 'A' division. This model will eliminate the often misunderstood 'A' intent model used by the GELC in years passed and create consistency for players/families whose home associations do not host 'A' teams.
The geographic regions are as follows:
West: Parkland Posse, Westlock Rock, West Edmonton Blues
South: Edmonton Warriors, Leduc Crush
East: Sherwood Park Titans, Beaumont Raiders
North: St. Albert Rams, North Edmonton Wizards, Fort Saskatchewan Rebels
Ultimately we would like to see all levels (A,B,C) offered in all divisions across the GELC, however if a club wants to host an 'A' team they must minimally be able to field a 'B' team in the same division. If a club does not have the registration numbers to field two teams in a division i.e. Bantam, the GELC will mandate that the one team must be a 'B' team. If players registered want to play on an 'A' team they will be directed to the regional tryout that they belong to above.
Games are structured in accordance with the Long Term Athlete Development Program of Canadian Lacrosse Association. Games consist of 15 minutes practice, a 15 minute game followed by a further 15 minute practice and ending with 15 minutes of games. Games are played with smaller nets and on half the playing surface.
*All GELC mini tyke divisions and teams will have a practice/game scheduled at their home arena on Wednesday evenings probably 6 to 7 pm.
*All teams will participate on four Saturdays throughout the season at an arena located in the GELC area the following weekends two games each weekend: April 29, May 6, May 27, June 3
*The 2017 Season will conclude on the weekend of June 17th-19th at the Timbits Mini Tyke Wrap up which will occur at the East Soccer Centre just north of Yellowhead Trail on Victoria Trail.
Timbits Tyke Lacrosse will practice within their local club.
The Tyke leagues play on Tuesday and/or Thursday evenings. The start time of tyke games is between 6 pm and 7 pm.
There may be an odd game on a Saturday.
Leagues are set up geographically to make travel easier for parents. Typically there are three divisions of teams. Games are structured in accordance with the Long Term Athlete Development Program of Canadian Lacrosse Association. Games will be 1/2 hour of practice and 1/2 of game play each night. The 2017 season will start Tuesday, April 18 or Thursday, April 20. There will be weekend games for Westlock and Grande Prairie. On the weekend of June 18th and 19th the Timbits Tyke Wrap Up will occur at the East Soccer Centre just north of YellowheadTrail on Victoria Trail.
This division will begin their season with 4 games scheduled in their region, for the Posse these games will likely be played against West Edmonton Blues and Westlock Rock. After these games are contested all teams will then be tiered according to their record in an attempt to create four divisions of similar skill. In the 2016 season we had teams in two of the four tiered divisions: Tier 2 - 2 teams, Tier 3 - 1 team
Peewee, Bantam, Midget
The geographic regions detailed above will affect these divisions the most. Here is how these changes will most affect you:
- If you want to tryout for an 'A' team you must be registered prior to March 1st. Beginning the first week of March, A tryouts will be conducted for the region. If you make the cut you will play for the club that is hosting this team, that may not always be the Parkland Posse. The host club will be dictated by their ability to field a 'B' team. In our region it is totally possible that all three clubs could host 'A' teams. In the event this happens, Posse players deemed 'A' caliber would only play on the Posse 'A' team and players that are cut would be eligible to play for either of the other two 'A' teams in our zone.
- If you are accustomed to playing 'B' lacrosse, this should improve competition in your division. Each of the 8 clubs in the GELC should have at least one 'B' team and in the event that the regions only produce one 'A' team each, there will be an increase in the number of skilled players competing at 'B'. This change will also free up more experienced coaches to lead or assist teams in the 'B' division.